Dimity Stoyle surfing in California last Fall © Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

Throwback Thursday with Dimity Stoyle: Dear Surf Industry…

Dimity Stoyle surfing in California last Fall © Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

Dear Surf Industry,

You missed one.

The girl on the virtually sticker-less purple board is one of the best surfers I’ve ever seen. If you don’t believe me, believe the legendary Jay Adams who I could hear whistling loudly after the first wave of her session featured a huge hook, a fins-free blast, a clean roundhouse, and a solid frontside air.

Next time you’re calculating budgets and going over pie charts for your lifestyle surfers, perhaps you can carve out a slice for a surfer who actually blows minds instead of kisses.

Sincerely,

A fan of Dimity Stoyle

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Additional Resources:
The View From 5ft High… (Dimity’s blog)
Dimity Stoyle on Vimeo

Single Wave Thursday with Silvana Lima. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Silvana Lima is the only person we’ve ever seen that other surfers, both guys and girls, get out of the water to watch her surf. On this day in Southern California, the Brazilian surfer lit up the place with huge frontside snaps and creative frontside airs. Although injured throughout the majority of 2012, we have our fingers crossed that Silvana will be back in the water turning heads in 2013. Single Wave Thursday. One ride, no music, just surfing.

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  Single Wave Thursday with Silvana Lima. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing. Surf video clip by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

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Notes from the Sand at the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro. Round of 24 frontside air by Courtney Conlogue.

Notes from the Sand:
Courtney Conlogue’s Frontside Air in the Round of 24

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The Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro was an incredible event to watch. It’s unusual to have eighty of the world’s best surfers descend on your local break at one time but for the week of the Supergirl Pro, that’s exactly what happened. After the madness of the US Open at Huntington, the City of Oceanside provided a welcome relief for many of the pros and I heard that sentiment repeated continuously throughout the week. Although there were some funky winds here and there, the ocean delivered fun waves throughout the event and the performances were top notch.

While it is important to cover the event’s final results (Congratulations Sage and Paige!), we thought it would be fun to look at some of the “sidelights” that aren’t necessarily reflected on the podium at the close of the event. We’ve titled this brief series “Notes from the Sand” and we knew straight off there was only one place to begin …and that’s with Courtney Conlogue’s frontside air in the Round of 24.

I was standing on the beach talking with the current women’s Pipeline champ, Bianca Valenti, when Courtney took off on this right. Our hour and a half conversation suddenly became quiet as Courtney projected out of the lip and into the air. I would have normally bunched up all the whitewater photos together into a “she made it” collage but Courtney’s determination to pull this off was so remarkable that I feel every frame should be shown. When she landed in the trough, she was completely laying down flat on her back for what seemed like an eternity. Even though Courtney disappeared into the foam, I kept shooting as I could tell she was going to put every stomach crunch she’s ever done into good use and will herself to ride it out. She pulled it and the beach erupted. The judges responded quickly with a 9.70 for the one heavy move.

Courtney’s air marked her as the surfer to beat and ignited performances for the rest of the event. In the heats that followed, surfers were going way bigger than they were before and the feeling on the beach was electric. I know many believe that women’s lifestyle coverage is more important to the industry than heat performances but on this day, throwing caution to the wind ruled the day. Frolicking for the lens is fine and it’s a necessary part of marketing but watching an athlete unleash her training, skill and determination on an oncoming section will always bring this photographer to his feet. – Chris Grant

Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.



Additional Resources:
Five Minutes with Courtney Conlogue
Courtney Conlogue on Jettygirl’s YouTube Channel
Courtney Conlogue on Facebook
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Photo Friday: Silvana Lima Double Grab Frontside Air on Jettygirl.com

Unlike most of our readers I’ve been alive since the first shortboard airs were attempted. Early on they were scoffed at and labeled as “tricks for kids.” Despite the backlash of the early days though, I can vividly remember even the grumpiest on-the-wave-face-only surfers saying things like, “If someone could do a functional air to make a section though, that would be acceptable.” Fast forward a few decades to the modern era and it’s an accepted fact that high-performance surfing also includes air time. Huge spins, flips and tweaks aside, punting airs to make sections isn’t as commonplace as I’d think it would be in 2011.

Enter Silvana Lima at Lowers this past summer. I was only able to shoot with Silvana once this summer and as always, it was jaw dropping. It was a gray day but she just lit up the place with huge snaps, lofty rotations and a double-grab over the section pictured here that had the beach in full applause. Even a photo sequence doesn’t do it justice. In my memory, the (missing) points between shot #1 and shot #4 were crazy as she moved forward to even out her flight path for extended distance. It looked really technical and gave me a little glimpse into how insanely talented the Brazilian surfer is…while others are just trying to launch into the air, Silvana is up above the lip so often that she now has time to think and adjust to make the flight even better. Must be nice to be that good…

Silvana Lima punts a frontside double grab in California. Surfing photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Frontside air by Silvana Lima. Surf photography by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine.
Silvana Lima airs over a clean section in California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Silvana Lima double grab at Lower Trestles. Surfing photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Silvana Lima landing a double grab air at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
Silvana Lima sequence. Surf photos by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine.
Silvana Lima in So California. Surf photos by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com


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Silvana Lima on Facebook
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*Looking for more Photo Friday’s? Last week’s surfer was Alessa Quizon